The Ai Weiwei Exhibition – Royal Academy London

On Sunday I went to the Ai Weiwei exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Ai Weiwei is a Chinese contemporary artist and activist that became widely known in Britain after his sunflower seeds installation in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in 2010. The exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts looks at the last 20 years of his work, including political pieces relating to his time under arrest in China and to the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. Here some quick photos from my visit to the Ai WeiWei exhibition…

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Brunch recipe: Bill Granger’s Sweet Corn Fritters with avocado salsa and chorizo

Sweetcorn fritters are a staple on brunch menus (especially in most of my favourite Australia and Kiwi cafes here in London) and so they should be, because they are delicious and pretty healthy little pancakes full of sunshine. Did you know they are actually pretty easy to make at home, so they make are a great option for brunch or dinner (see an older recipe from me here) and people always love them! One of my favourite brunch spots in London is Bill Granger’s restaurant, Granger & Co, and they serve the most delicious corn fritters there so I wanted to recreate this at home recently when my parents came to visit. At Granger they serve them with avocado salsa, roast tomatoes and bacon but I decided to swap the bacon for chorizo – just because I am obsessed with the stuff! 

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Someday? Live for today!

Hello everyone! It’s that time of the week again for some quick midweek inspiration. The idea of “living in the moment” has inspired a lot of motivational posters and T-shirts, but it’s really a very important concept. You’ve probably heard many variations of this quote like; “Live like there’s no tomorrow, live as if you’ll die today!” & “There are 7 days a week, and SOMEDAY isn’t one of them.”

Living in the moment takes practice, but when we learn how to live this way, it means we will lead a fuller life and appreciate the beauty in every activity every second of the day. Here are some quick tips on how to make sure you live for the present and live for today…(I am still working on it)..

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New hair – the lob! 

I finally did it….I got the chop! I’ve had my hair pretty much long and the same for the last 10 years – aside from repeatedly cutting a fringe and growing it out again. Pretty boring I know but because my hair grows really slowly I’ve always had a huge fear of cutting it off. Every trip to the hairdresser (which I only did about twice a year) was scary even though I told them very strictly they could only trim the end….no I mean it dude, only this much (showing not even a cm with my fingers)! Silly I know but hey some people fear the dentist and I fear the hairdresser ;)

But I did always have hair envy, I loved the lob look and was always pinning pictures of it on Pinterest but I just never had the guts to go through with it. Until two weeks ago…I just decided it was time for a change and booked in an appointment with a hairdresser. When making such a drastic (well for me anyway) change I wanted someone I could trust so I went to see the brilliant Reece at Neville Hair & Beauty in Knightsbridge! He’s a master at the lob and the only man I’d trust for the job!

I asked for a collarbone length lob – which is a popular abbreviation of the word long lob, incase you were wondering – and wanted a textured cut so it would look good  curly and also have a bit of fun and edge to it! Here a before and after shot so you can see the end result…

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Midweek day dreaming…

Does anyone else get this? I very often get to urge to totally change something, learn something new, just to reinvent myself and my life. Suppose there’s nothing wrong with a bit of day dreaming now and again right?  Happy Hump Day :)

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Off the shoulder

If there was one fashion trend that people couldn’t get enough of this this summer, it was the off the shoulder look. Slightly bohemian but also elegant, the off the shoulder made for the perfect beach-to-the-bar look and is the ideal mix of sexy meets sweet! I also rocked this trend this summer, here in italy in a bright red version from ChicWish.

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Hat Love

Hat’s are always a big trend for autumn and winter and I am a hat lover so that suits me just perfectly. When I was younger I had a real thing for hats and I had quite the collection – people always say I have a ‘hat face’ but then for a period I just found myself always buying hats, but never wearing them so I got rid of most of them. Um, why oh why did I think that was such a clever idea?! Anyway, I’ve rediscovered my love for hats and especially the rimmed kind; floppy, fedora, panama – you name it! I think a hat brings a cool vibe to any outfit. Here a photo of a recent hat purchase :)

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